Moritz triggers Iowa romp: Hawkeyes hit Indiana early in 49-3 triumph

(Published 10/30/1983)


So, who needs Duane Gunn?

Indiana's Hoosiers may have the "fastest Gunn in the west" at wide receiver, but Iowa's Hawkeyes have the slickest in Dave Moritz.

Moritz, who could probably catch a pass in his sleep, put Indiana's Hoosiers to bed Saturday in a 49-3 rout at Kinnick Stadium.

A frustrated basketball player at St. Rita High School in Chicago, Moritz etched his name in University of Iowa football lore by catching 11 passes for a school record 192 yards and two touchdowns to spark the 17-ranked Hawkeyes before a Parent's Day crowd of 66,055.

How sharp was Moritz?

l With is 192 yards (a yard more than Keith Chappelle had against Illinois in 1980), the 6-foot, 185 pound senior boosted his career receiving yards to a record 1,775. That surpassed the old mark of 1,642 set by Al Bream from 1966-68.

l Moritz's 11 receptions left him tied for third for most catches in a single game. His two TDs (a 20-yarder from quarterback Chuck Long and a 11-yarder from Tom Grogan) left him two shy of the season TD reception record (6).

Moritz's success overshadowed all-Big Ten receiver Gunn's four catches for 56 yards as the Hawkeyes (6-2 and 4-2 in the Big Ten) manhandled Indiana (3-5 and 2-4).

Iowa rolled up 658 yards total offense, 409 through the air, and supported things with a swarming defense that held the Hoosiers to 231 yards (52 on the ground).

The Iowa rushing attack enjoyed its second best effort of the year at 249 yards. Eddie Phillips and Owen Gill combined for three touchdowns and 172 yards. Phillips had 93 yards in 12 attempts. Gill had 29 yards in 14 carries for two touchdowns.

The overall Iowa performance obviously pleased Holiday, Peach, Hall of Fame, Florida Citrus and Liberty bowl representatives in the press box.

Moritz was a humble hero afterward.

"I'm glad we won," he said. "I didn't think we'd ever get it (the record) today. I thought we'd run the ball today. But, I'm happy as hell. I can't like about that."

Moritz, who was timed in 4.6 and 4.7 seconds in the 40-yard dash by pro scouts recently, said football wasn't originally in his plans.

"I tried out for football my junior year. I rode the wood for a year and played my senior year. I wanted to be a basketball player, but things didn't go too well."

Iowa Coach Hayden Fry praised Moritz, adding, "It was really wonderful for him to set the record today. He felt the whole world was on his shoulders last week (1 16-13 loss to Michigan) because he was the one the official threw the flag on when he was trying to run a pass route."

Moritz dazzled the Hoosiers but officials blinded the Hawkeyes with yellow flags. Iowa was penalized 16 times for 135 times, 10 shy of the Kinnick Stadium record by Notre Dame in 1952.

"We must have had 150 to 200 yards in penalties," Fry said. When informed it was 135 and not a record, Fry replied, "If I'd have known, we could have run another play... I'm sure the officials would have accommodated us."

Nobody had an explanation for the penalties, except offensive right tackle Joe Levelis.

"The penalties today... it got a little ridiculous," he said. "Maybe the refs feel sorry about the other team." The Hoosiers, whose only offensive punch was a 41-yard field goal by Doug Smith with 6:19 to go in the first half, were penalized three times for 35 yards.

Iowa's offense made up for its penalties with another sparkling effort from Long, now 38 yards short of the all-time school passing mark of 3,738 yards by Gary Snook. Long completed 16 of 25 passes for 233 yards and one TD, and ran 11 yards for another score. It was his seventh 200-plus yard game of the year and eighth of his career.

Reserve quarterbacks Grogan and Cornelius Robertson were also heard from with a scoring pass apiece. Grogan filled in for Long with 14:14 left to play. His 11-yard toss to Moritz with 3:03 remaining was the record-setting combination.

Robertson's 10-yard TD pass to walk-on Scott Helverson with no time remaining gave Indiana Coach Sam Wyche reason to be upset. Robertson passed six times in the final 47 seconds, leading a scoring drive of 60 yards and calling time out with three seconds left.

"No, I won't forget this one," Wyche said, smoldering. "I think it was a crummy thing. Didn't you?"

Fry, whose team built a 28-3 halftime advantage and coasted after that, defended Robertson and Grogan's late passing.

"I've got guys like Cornelius Robertson and Tom Grogan and people that work out every day and never get the chance to play," Fry said. "Both of those quarterbacks would like an opportunity to play pro ball. And, the only way they are going to have a chance is to have a film where we can show the pro scouts their ability."

Fry said he didn't call time out to set up the last touchdown.

"I wasn't trying to run up the score," he said. "They're passers. That's their skill and that's what they did. I didn't call timeout, that was Cornelius. Cornelius practices every day just like he's going to start. And, this is one of the few times in two years he's had a chance to play."

The Hawkeyes scored on their first three possessions to settle things early. Gill capped a six-play, 45-yard drive with a 16-yard run with 11:02 remaining in the quarter. Moritz then capped an 85-yard march, hauling in his first scoring pass to make it 14-0. He snared the 20-yarder from Long in the right corner of the end zone with 6:10 on the clock.

The third consecutive score was set up when tackle Paul Hufford recovered an Orlando Brown fumble on the Hoosiers' 37-yard line. The bobble was forced by a leaping Devon Mitchell. Long rolled round left end for the final 11 yards.

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